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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt
Mar 09, 2012
PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.


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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison, Rachael Stirling, Conleth Hill, Catherine Steadman, Tom Beard, Jill Baker
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Theater Release: Mar 09, 2012
DVD Release: Jul 17, 2012
Synopsis: When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a "good will" story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. -- (C) CBS Films

Critic Reviews

  • Guy Lodge, Time Out
    The stars are endearing enough to keep things tolerable, though you may wonder why even McGregor's Scots brogue sounds artificially sweetened here.
  • Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
    Hallstrom shores up his film with a terrific cast that can often make up for the parts that sag under the uneven weight of preciousness.
  • Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    It's an engaging love story that should appeal to moviegoers with a flair for the offbeat.
  • Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    Only Scott Thomas, biting off all her sentences like a piranha, rescues "Salmon Fishing" from being a by-the-numbers romantic comedy; you wish the redoubtable Ms. Maxwell had her own movie.
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    While "Salmon Fishing" fritters away the comic momentum of its madcap opening chapters, it's like angling -- a pleasant diversion if you can look below the surface and muster the patience to appreciate it.
  • Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    A charming little movie.
  • John Anderson, Newsday
    While both Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are enormously appealing actors, Hallstrom has made a movie that pretends it is something it's not -- namely, an intelligent romantic comedy.
  • Scott Bowles, USA Today
    Despite sporting the worst cinematic title since The Chumscrubber, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter.
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    I'll say this much for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, it's got a catchy title. But beware of films with catchy titles. The films themselves usually don't live up to them.
  • Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
    Salmon Fishing was a novel first and you can see how all these juggled balls could stay in the air on the page, but in movie form, many of them just seem extraneous.
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